Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Lexington12/31/2015It's safe to say that even with the crazy weather recently, the majority of the country has at least had a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to figure out what's going to happen next with the weather, it's important to be sure that you've had furnace service completed when the weather finally turns to being cold constantly. Part of owning and using a furnace involves a bit of familiarization and understanding of the product itself. One of the most critical tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is noted by a percentage that tells you what type of efficiency you can expect out of your system. If you're unsure about your current furnace's AFUE, don't forget to ask during your next furnace service appointment and the team member can help you determine it's rating. What Does AFUE Mean for You? If you have an older furnace, your AFUE is probably quite a bit lower than the furnaces out there now. What that means is that with every passing season you're paying for fuel which then is being wasted, not to heat your home. An easy way to think about it is by relating your AFUE percentage to dollars. If your furnace has an AFUE of 75%, that means for every $100 you spend on fuel, only $75 is being used to heat your home. Again, your furnace service tech can help you determine the numbers specific to your furnace and your normal bill, but hopefully we've been able to paint a semi clear picture for you. Of course there is more that goes in to your decision in buying a new furnace or staying with an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can drastically inhibit the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to be certain that you got a clearer look at one of the more important considerations for furnaces. If you want to know about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a shout at 336-853-6070 or schedule an appointment with us online.